A Light for Ocracoke Inlet

A Light for Ocracoke Inlet (HM25PY)

Location: Ocracoke, NC 27960 Hyde County
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Country: United States of America
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N 35° 6.518', W 75° 59.16'

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The first lighthouse at Ocracoke Inlet was the 1798 Shellcastle Rock lighthouse located on an island in the inlet. In such a location—defenseless against storms, tides, and winds—the lighthouse was often inoperative when needed most. Thus, in 1823, it was replaced by this light, the Nation's second oldest still in use. The non-rotating light is 75 feet above sea level and can be seen a full 360 degrees to a distance of fourteen miles. The walls are five feet thick at the base and are made of brick with a mortar surface.

The two story structure on your right originally housed the lighthouse keeper and his family. Today it is a private residence. The small block building formerly provided storage for lamp fuel. Whale oil, porpoise oil and kerosene have all served as fuel for the light. Today the light is electric building houses an auxiliary generator.

The lighthouse is owned and maintained the United States Coast Guard and is closed to the public.
HM NumberHM25PY
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Date Added Wednesday, February 28th, 2018 at 10:01am PST -08:00
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Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)18S E 410143 N 3885534
Decimal Degrees35.10863333, -75.98600000
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 35° 6.518', W 75° 59.16'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds35° 6' 31.08" N, 75° 59' 9.5999999999998" W
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Area Code(s)252
Which side of the road?Marker is on the right when traveling South
Closest Postal AddressAt or near Ocracoke Lighthouse Path, Ocracoke NC 27960, US
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